My First 5k & 6 things I learned.
Monday, October 27, 2014
I did it!
I finished my first 5k. It’s amazing to me how far I have come in the last year. And it’s amazing to me that my body was even able to complete it. I’m filled with so much adrenaline and pride that I can’t wait to do another.
This has been a fantastic journey for me from the training to the experience of the race itself. I look back and I can’t believe that I ever doubted myself.
Here are 6 things that I have learned from this process:
1) Running is not boring, it’s actually fun.
I used to hate running because I thought it was a waste of time and that my body would never be capable of doing it. But now I’ve learned that my workouts actually go by so much faster than if I did a different workout for the same amount of time. Because time flies when you’re having fun!
2) It’s ok to have bad training days or days with no training at all. Just don’t give up.
I used to beat myself up so much when I got tired too early in my run or I got behind in my training. But now I know that as long as I keep trying that’s so much more than I ever used to do. And even though I had a lot of ups and downs in my training I still reached my goal because I didn’t give up.
3) Running is much more of a mental battle than a physical battle.
If you doubt yourself you’re not going to make it through your workout. The positive thinking that I have had to develop through my training has helped me in all parts of my life. I always think of something Chris Powell once said to someone he was training- “When you think you can’t run anymore, run 2 more minutes.” There have been many times when I thought that my legs could not go any further but then I thought to myself that it didn’t matter because I was going to make them anyways. And then it would start to feel easier. The human body is stronger than we think, it’s the negative thoughts that make us weak.
4) The right music can make all the difference.
Have you ever heard a song that makes you want to get up and dance? I now have songs that make me want to get up and run! Some have a beat that help me keep a good pace or the words that help me fight through the doubtful thoughts. Having the right playlist can get you to the finish line.
5) Training outside before the race would have probably been very beneficial.
I actually barely did this before my race, despite advice from fellow SparkPeople. I think that a lot of soreness after the fact can be attributed to running on terrain that I wasn’t used to. During the race I didn’t notice the difference of being outside too much besides struggling with breathing in the colder air.
6) I am a runner.
Thank you to everyone who gave me advice and support leading up to this.
After my race I came across this quote that really seemed to fit how I have been feeling:
“The more I run the more I love my body. Not because it’s perfect, far from it, but because with every mile it is proving to me that I am capable of more than I ever thought possible.”